Letters for July 21, 2016

• Hate crime on Kauai • Recovery homes needed on Kauai

Hate crime on Kauai

I know these are harsh words, but the pattern is definitely there. This year or last year, the TGI reported that according to the Attorney General there were no hate crimes on Kauai. Oh, well it is easy for him to make the determination from his desk in Honolulu, when he does not have a clue what’s happening on Kauai. We, Hawaiians, who live here, feel differently. We are convinced that there are hate crimes against us Hawaiians.

When our ahu structures were destroyed in Hanapepe in the Salt Pond area and our identification markers were painted with black graffiti, but no other signs in the immediate area were touched, we knew that it was directed against the Hawaiians.

When the Hawaiian educational signs were removed from the Hanapepe Lookout area by DLNR and charges were filed against us Hawaiians, but hundreds of illegal signs along the roadsides were not touched, we knew that it was because of our educational message and that it was directed against the Hawaiians.

When criminal charges were filed against one of our Hawaiian brothers for allegedly painting an educational sentence on the trunk of some old coconut trees and according to court records no charges were filed against anyone for writing, painting or carving into hundreds of trees, benches and fences, we know that it was directed against us Hawaiians.

When our kanaka maoli flag was stolen or removed from the park fence in Puhi on July 4, but no American flag was taken, we know that it was directed against us Hawaiians.

When the Hawaiian flag and the kanaka maoli flag, plus our “God bless Hawaii” banner installed by our brothers and sisters was removed from the Hanapepe pedestrian overpass on July 13, but no banners and flags were removed from the area, we know that it was directed us against Hawaiians.

When police refused to handle them as a hate crime the report does not get to the Attorney General, but when a Hawaiian calls a mainlander “haole” it gets there and it is considered a hate crime committed by Hawaiians against non-Hawaiians. How well does all this fit into your slogan, “With liberty and justice for all”?

Timothy Oga, Hanapepe

Recovery homes needed on Kauai

How do people forget or ignore families and friends suffering from alcohol and drug addiction?

Many of you reading this have family members or friends afflicted with this disease.

Several years ago, there was “talk” about having a temporary live in facility built, one which could treat men and women. This shelter would provide a necessary, safe and sober area to educate patients about their alcoholism and drug addiction, giving them a chance for recovery.

Unfortunately, many exclaimed “not in my backyard” and financing of the project was not given any priority. This project would require cooperation on the part of our county, state and private enterprise.

Do our politicians have any idea or concern about this? I know we are all concerned about the increasing homeless situation (many local people are homeless). Do we spend more money for the homeless, or provide a possible way out?

Please note that there are several recovery homes on the outside islands, but are overcrowded, and takes months or years to get in. Sometimes never.

Stand up Kauai!

Sherwood Conant, Kapaa

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